Thursday, December 01, 2005

Plan for Victory

Hey, I'm just excited to see Bush finally using the word "plan" in his discussions of Iraq. Ok, so some might quibble that the time to think about a plan would have been before going in, not a couple of years afterwards. But let's give W some credit here for realizing that a plan is a good thing.

So now we have a Plan for Victory. What is that plan?

Well according to the White House's PDF file of the plan, it is:
Short Term: - An Iraq that is making steadk progress in fighting terrorists and neutralizing the insurgency, meeting political milestones; building democratic institutions; standing up roburst security forces to gather intelligence, destroy terrorist networks, and maintain security; and tackling key economic reforms to lay the foundation for a sound economy.

OK, so in the short term we seem to believe that economic reforms that lay the foundation for a sound economy are an afterthought. And in the medium term?

An Iraq that is in the lead defeating terrorists and insurgents and providing its own security, with a constitutional, elected government in place, providing an inspiring example to reformers in the region, and well on its way to achieving its economic potential.

Hmmm. Economic potential that is believed by capitalist to drive current democracies again seems to be an afterthought. Are we not a capitalist nation seeking like democracies? Maybe in the longer term plan?

-- An Iraq that has defeated the terrorists and neutralized the insurgency.
-- An Iraq that is peaceful, united, stable, democratic, and secure, where Iraqis have the institutions and resources they need to govern themselves justly and provide security for their country.
-- An Iraq that is a partern in the global war on terror and the fight against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, integrated into the international community, an engine for regional economic growth, and proving the fruits of democratic governance to the region.

Ok, so in the short, medium and long term, we really, REALLY want those insurgents and terrorists out of there. And that should be easy to achieve because there isn't a long-running democracy in the world that has problems with insurgents or terrorists (the IRA troubles? Just a difference of opinion, I'm sure.)

But hey, once the terrorists and insurgents are put down (I mean really, the USSR, Saudi Arabia, China, they all managed to keep terrorists & insurgents down), democracy will be free to grow, just like it does in ... wait. No, that doesn't seem right.

Hey, I'm sure there's a way this plan works out. There must be. It's a plan!


Anonymous buckarooskidoo said...

i thought i caught a hint of skepticism in this last post...i can't see how any of these pols can say this stuff with a straight face. first, it's unclear that these are "terrorists" disturbing the flowering of freedom and democracy in iraq. it must look to the sunni arabs there as if we have purposefully ruined their lives--we took down the guy who made them the privileged group, we put their mortal enemies, the people at whose expense they had profited, into positions of power and then expected them to fold their tents and swallow this change that had nothing positive for them. i'm not sure i'd detonate civilians like some of them do, but i'd for sure fight the people doing this. and it just gets worse when you consider who it is we're training in the security services and the army--shiites and kurds, mainly--and what those people are doing, i.e. revenge killings on sunnis. and when you consider that we're the radioactive christian power slapping around this small muslim state, well, it just doesn't look too good for the long term.
it's as if president johnson had sent in the american military to off tito, break yugoslavia and put croats in charge of serbs. just like the sunnis, serbs are traditionally the privileged group, the most martially-inclined group, the group most inclined to shoot first and ask questions'd get the same result there.
it's just a provocation to hear people talking about a "free and democratic iraq," the "unified" iraqi army "standing up"--for what??!!--so that we can "stand down," and all the rest of it. why did this idiot feel we had to break this place? that's the only thing worse than MAKING a fake state, an iraq or yugoslavia, taking down the dictator and BREAKING a fake state.

3:29 PM  

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